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Chocolate is an amazing product. Read on for our amazing chocolate facts. Please let us know if you have any more facts we can use.

Originally chocolate came from South and Central America, records show it was being eaten possibly as far back as 4,000 years ago. However, today most of the cacao in the world that is harvested for consumption comes from Africa and the largest supplier of cocoa is easily Cote d’Ivoire where 40% of the world’s chocolate is harvested.

Dark chocolate contains more cocoa which is the type of bean that chocolate originates from. At the same time, it contains less sugar making it a much healthier choice than white or milk chocolate if you have a craving for something sweet.

You might want to stock up on chocolate now while you still can, because at the current rate of consumption the world is actually poised for a chocolate shortage. This is due to the fact many trees in Latin America are being affected by uncontrollable diseases, reducing the amount of chocolate that is produced.

This is compounded by the fact that it takes a cacao tree as much as five years before it can produce its very first real beans, but although the trees can live to be 200 years old they will only produce usable cocoa beans for the first 25 years of their lifespan.

Not all chocolate is quite as packed full of the dark cacao beans as you likely think. In fact, most chocolate treats are only made out of a very small percentage of real chocolate because there is no actual standard for dark chocolate in most countries.
The largest chocolate bar in the world weighed in at six tons and was created by over fifty people in England. Sections of the bar were broken up into eatable sized pieces and then sold to individuals to help promote charity work.

ark chocolate has many healing properties including the fact that it has many antioxidants in it that help reduce blood pressure and strengthen the cardiovascular system. At the same time, regular consumption of dark chocolate helps to increase blood flow and widen arteries to prevent artery plaque build-up.

Caffeine is not the only drug in chocolate, as it also contains a mild stimulant called theobromine. It can be very useful in treating cancer and blood pressure but in large doses can cause poisoning which is why animals in particular are not supposed to eat chocolate.

For some people the very smell of chocolate will increase a type of brain wave called theta brain waves. When these brains are triggered the body automatically feels relaxed. Therefore, even if you are on a diet smelling chocolate can help offer you the same relief that indulging in a piece of chocolate can.

It is estimated that in the UK about 32 million kilos of chocolate is sold for Easter, 12 million kilos of chocolate is sold for Halloween, and 25 million kilo’s is sold for Valentines’ Day.

The delicious treat known as German chocolate cake is not actually from Germany and has nothing to do with the country at all. Instead, the dark rich treat was named after American Sam German who was the first to bake the culinary treat.

Most people are very familiar with milk chocolate, but in truth milk chocolate was actually invented after dark chocolate and semisweet chocolate in 1875. Dutch cocoa was actually the very first form of chocolate as we know it to be created.

The average cacao tree will produce about 2,500 beans in its lifetime. One kilo of chocolate requires the use of 900 cacao beans on average. Therefore, one tree will be able to make about six pounds of chocolate.

If you feel like relaxing with a drink and some chocolate the best choice is almost always red wine. Sparkling wines and champagne are too acidic too properly compliment the taste of dark chocolate. You can also choose a lighter chocolate, but you will lose many of the healthier properties of the chocolate.

In ancient Aztec times the leading rulers and elite would drink chocolate on a regular basis. They did not drink it hot however, but instead preferred it cold without any sugar in it. The chocolate they drank was very pure and dark so they likely were very ‘high’ with caffeine by the end of the day.

During the US Prohibition era many clever business men such as George Cadbury the Quaker were able to amass a large fortune by turning chocolate into a drink. They turned the sweet drink into an alternative drink to the addictive tastes of alcohol.

The very first chocolate chip cookie was created by Ruth Wakefield in 1937. Wakefield ran a ‘Toll House Inn’ leading to the famous creation of the chocolate chip and the recipe on the back of the bag. Today “Toll House’ is a popular term used to refer to chocolate chip cookies in the USA.

Chocolate has been appreciated and hailed for quite some time, in fact, in ancient times the Mayans and the Aztecs actually used to use chocolate as their primary form of currency. Ten cacao beans could buy a rabbit or a slave during these times.

Despite the long standing myth, chocolate does not actually cause acne. In fact, new research by German scientists has found that some of the flavonoids found in chocolate can actually help increase blood flow to the skin which will eventually help to create smother and less flawed skin, not spots.

In Latin cacao trees are referred to as Theobroma cacao which means ‘food of the gods.’ This is due to the fact that chocolate has been thought to have mythical, magical, and medicinal value for many centuries throughout many ancient civilizations.

Chocolate contains a group of chemicals called N-acyclethanoloamine. These chemicals stimulate the release of endorphins in the brain which boosts our mood. So it is not just our imagination that thinks chocolate makes us feel good…our brain agrees.

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